Does anyone remember...

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34Poolboy

... any of those old bands who never quite made it. I`m thinking mainly just prior to and around about the NWOBHM era. Bands like Vardis, Spider, Limelight.
I used to go and watch a lot of gigs in a place called the Norbreck nightspot, just down the coast from Blackpool city centre to watch all these bands IÃ,´d never heard of before and for some of them a sort of affection grew. There were others I saw (the venue only held maybe 200) that went on to bigger and better. Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard, Magnum etc. but I would like to try and get hold of any recordings by Limelight particularly. They were a 3 piece band, Guitar, Bass and Drums as well as Taurus pedals and Mellotron (ring any bells?) and I know they released an E.P. one of the songs being "Man of Colours".
Does anyone remember them or can anyone help find any material?

dwtty

I remember Spider.
I once saw Def Leppard do a gig at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr. No one believes me, don't ask me the year cos i'm not quite sure...81/82 ish!!
Never trust a man with a weak chin.

34Poolboy

Spider used to throw sweeties into the crowd for some reason.

Maybe they thought it would impress the girlies.  ;)

dwtty

Quote from: Blackpool Phil on December 10, 2008, 12:28:11 pm
Spider used to throw sweeties into the crowd for some reason.

Maybe they thought it would impress the girlies.  ;)


Maybe,you never know, but probably more to due with the fact that they were a panotmine act.
Never trust a man with a weak chin.

NeilP

December 10, 2008, 12:32:30 pm #4 Last Edit: December 10, 2008, 12:39:27 pm by NeilP
Used to like a group called NightWing from that era

34Poolboy

That reminds me of the Guitarist who had his own band before he joined Nightwing. The Alec Johnson Band, that`s another band I`d like some recordings of.

I think he`s joined Hermans Hermits and is playing cruise ships now!

Slim

I certainly remember Vardis, and saw them along with White Spirit, Fist, Angelwitch, Saxon and a couple of others at Motorhead's Brain Damage Party at Stafford in 1980. I had their EP as well, can still remember a couple of songs - Situation Negative and Out Of The Way though I wouldn't swear to the titles.

There's a NWOBHM thread out there somewhere but good luck finding it.

Nïckslïkk2112

Quote from: Blackpool Phil on December 10, 2008, 12:28:11 pm
Spider used to throw sweeties into the crowd for some reason.


packets of Rizla too.

I used to live down the road from a pub called the Brimington Tavern - it get's namechecked on Witchfynde's Give 'em Hell album sleeve - where I saw Limelight and Spider.

Limelight were great - despite being from Mansfield - featuring the brothers Glen and Mike Scrimshaw, can't remember the drummer's name though. Metal Man and Man of colours were superb songs. I bought myself a Limelight patch which still adorns my denim cut-off and a mate did have the Limelight album, but I've not seen him in years and don't know if he still has it.

One band that I'd really like to hear something by again is Race Against Time, I think they only ever had a track release on a NWOBHM compilation. They should have been huge, musically they were like a Black Sabbath early Rush mix, they had a drummer called Lucifer, songs such as Satan be my Saviour and were just immense. Their guitarist - Dave Halliday - went on to form Hell, and has the distinction (dubious?) of teaching Andy Sneap to play geetar.

Of course there is also the mighty Saracen, long time denizens of the Brim Tav, who are still together and recording sporadically.
Legend in my own Mind


Gary L. Grape

Quote from: Slim on December 10, 2008, 13:05:53 pmThere's a NWOBHM thread out there somewhere but good luck finding it.

Is it this one you're referring to?

34Poolboy

Quote from: Slim on December 10, 2008, 13:05:53 pm
I certainly remember Vardis, and saw them along with White Spirit, Fist, Angelwitch, Saxon and a couple of others at Motorhead's Brain Damage Party at Stafford in 1980.


I was there Slim. I remember a classic Lemmy quote after a huge swig of Vodka...

" If I fall over during this next song, someone keep the bassline going".

34Poolboy

Quote from: Gary L. Grape on December 10, 2008, 13:18:27 pm
Is it this one you're referring to?


Thanks for that, some of those names brought back some memories. Not my intention to start a full blown NWOBHM thread, it was never really my thing even back then, always came across as being slightly tacky. I wouldn`t even consider Vardis as Metal, they were probably more Quo influenced. There were just a few interesting bands on the fringe that didn`t really fit in anywhere. Some certainly were`nt Metal and definitely not Punk. Limelight were tending toward progressive rock which I found much more interesting at the time.

Nicola B

Quote from: Slim on December 10, 2008, 13:05:53 pm
I certainly remember Vardis, and saw them along with White Spirit, Fist, Angelwitch, Saxon and a couple of others at Motorhead's Brain Damage Party at Stafford in 1980. I had their EP as well, can still remember a couple of songs - Situation Negative and Out Of The Way though I wouldn't swear to the titles.

There's a NWOBHM thread out there somewhere but good luck finding it.


I was there too....though memory a little blurred now. I know a member of a band from Sheffield who at the time were doing a smaller circuit but played the Marquee, so went to see a lot of new bands. I used to frequent the Leeds Fforde Green which again was a small venue for up and coming bands.

Good times indeed...
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...


BlueBronco

Remember seeing Spider and Nightwing - probably both supporting Gillan!

I remember AIIZ who I always thought were great but didn't get anywhere!

Bassassin

Looking back, I saw a few of the Nerwobhum also-rans. Vardis I think I saw twice, met them after one of the shows & got a signed poster! ::)

I'd basically go & see any of the bands that would bother their arses/have the bottle to play in the Medway Towns or North Kent. :-X

Off the top of my head I remember Vardis, Samson (with Thunderstick & Bruce "Dickinson" Bruce), Overkill (not the US thrashers), Quartz, Witchfynde (cue Sims ::)) Dawn Trader, most of whom braved the horrors of either the Central 'Otel, Gillin'am, or Woodville Halls in Gravesend. As well as them, the better-known suspects like Tank, Magnum, Girlschool, Saxon, and of course the mighty Angel Witch - it feels like I saw them about 200 times.

Wonder what little Kev Heybourne's up to these days?

Jon.

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